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Weather frustrating EDS lads says Welsh

  • 08 December 2010 11:24
  • Posted by David Clayton

City’s Elite Development Squad boss Andy Welsh has revealed the frustration of seeing two games in a week called off due to frozen pitches.

The home clash with Liverpool reserves and the trip to Bolton Wanderers both fell foul of the wintry conditions meaning City’s youngsters won’t have played for three weeks by the time they face Rochdale next week – weather permitting!

“It’s been difficult for the lads because they are obviously desperate to play but we’ve lost a couple of games recently,” said Welsh. “We don’t have undersoil heating at Hyde and most other venues at this level don’t, either.

“In terms of preparation we have two undersoil heated pitches at Carrington so we’re lucky in that respect plus we have a small Astroturf pitch we can play on so we can use them and prepare for matches as normal regardless of the weather.

“It’s a shame because it’s hard to get into any sort of rhythm. We would have probably have fielded a similar team to the last couple of games, minus John Guidetti and Andrew Tutte who have both gone out on loan in the past week or so.

It would have also been good for Alex Nimely to have got another 90 minutes under his belt before the Christmas period in case he’s needed to the senior team with so many matches coming up

...Andy Welsh.

Welsh also revealed James Poole has returned from Hartlepool and could return to action at Rochdale next week.

“James his back with us now and is training very hard so he’ll be available for selection again as soon we start playing again.

“We’ll have a chat with him soon about his thoughts for the New Year and whether he might be interested in gaining some more experience out on loan again.”

One game Welsh believes nobody at EDS level will want to miss out on is the possible glamour clash with Barcelona’s Under-21 side early next year.

“Yeah, we’ve got a Next Generation League taster game lined up against Barcelona at home around the end of February,” he said. “We’re not sure which venue it would be played at or the date, but it would be a fantastic experience for the lads and we’re hoping it will begin as a competitive league next season.

“Our focus right now is Rochdale in the Manchester Senior Cup and then the re-arranged game against Bolton. After that we’ll sit down with Roberto and discuss a pool of players to train over Christmas and others will get a festive break.”

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